Today's News

  • Playoff format changes coming to high school football

    The Florida High School Athletics Association has approved a proposal to change the state’s playoff structure for football, and it could have significant implications for area schools.

    The new format gets rid of districts for classifications 1A through 4A, leaving teams to completely make their own schedules and earn playoff berths based on a points system. There will be four regions per classification, and four playoff teams per region, making for 16 total playoff teams in the lower classifications, the same number as under the current system.

  • Chiefland volleyball surrenders lead to Newberry in district clash

    The Chiefland volleyball team didn’t get the result it was looking for when it took on Newberry at home last Thursday, but what the Lady Indians might have learned against their toughest competition in the district could prove more valuable in the long run.

    It was another fierce battle between two squads that met in the district championship last season and are back at the top of the district standings this year.

  • Fall at the Farm returns to its roots for 10th anniversary

    The Annual Fall at the Farm to Benefit Haven Hospice returns to its original location for this year’s 10th anniversary, and the setting figures to be a special one.

    The silent auction and dinner will take place on the piece of land known as the Rocky Hammock Preserve at The Historical Drummond Farm in Chiefland on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m.

    The “country casual” evening will feature some rare autographed items at the auction, as well as dinner and drinks for what figures to be an idyllic Florida fall evening.

  • Chiefland football suffers second straight shutout loss

    Chiefland’s offensive woes continued last Friday, mustering just 54 yards and three first downs against No. 3 Trenton, while senior Montrez Jackson ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns to help lift the Tigers to a 42-0 win in Chiefland.

    It marked the third straight game the Indians failed to score during regulation.

    “(Trenton’s) really good on defense, and we’re not very good on offense right now,” CMHS coach Aaron Richardson said.

  • Fowlers Bluff Fire meets Saturday

    The annual meeting of the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department will be on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at the fire station in Fowlers Bluff.

    Agenda items include a financial report, and election of board members and officers. Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, as well as the new director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, James “Mitch” Harrell, will be in attendance.

  • Free workshops to help dementia caregivers during the holiday season

    The year-end holidays can be stressful even for individuals who enjoy normal health.  For a person living with Alzheimer’s or dementia — and their family caregivers — the holidays can be even more difficult.  The heightened social demands, parties, family gatherings, and the increased noise and stimulation of the season are all disruptive to the quiet routine and reduced stimulation that people with dementia require.

  • Poker run Saturday to help Kim kick cancer

    Local resident Kim Bailey is packing her bags to head to Washington, D.C., for specialized chemotherapy to treat a rare cancer she has. It's the closest location for the delicate treatment and specialist to treat her.

    In addition to the help and support of her family, Bailey's friends have organized a “Fighting Cancer with Kim” poker run on Saturday, Oct. 8, to help alleviate the costs associated with the treatment, travel expense and family finances as she heals.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Oct. 6

    Today, Oct. 6

    Fundraising dinner for Hurricane

    Hermine victims

    Please join us at The Gathering Table Restaurant on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. for live and silent auctions to assist those still affected by Hurricane Hermine.

    If you have an item to donate to the auction, please contact Diana Child at 352-210-8792.

    Current auction items include: antiques, oil painting, Tiffany-style lamp, gift baskets and jewelry.


    Library Friends meeting

  • County executive Fred Moody retiring Dec. 23

    County Coordinator Fred Moody, Levy County's top executive, will be retiring before the end of the year. Moody has made no secret of his desire to spend more time with his wife, Ann, who retired from the county clerk's office last year, and to spend time with family.

    He has been planning his retirement for several years and earlier this year indicated he would be leaving as soon as the “new” board is seated.

  • Beast Feast a wild success

    At 5:30 p.m. Saturday members of the Levy County Schools Foundation were looking around for their guests at the annual Beast Feast fundraiser at Etheridge Produce in Williston.

    After all, the day had started with a run for the Williston Rotary Club's Purple Pinkie project and the Central Florida Peanut Festival in Williston.

    Maybe folks were tuckered out.